Amando DeOssorio's followed up the success of his "Tombs of the Blind Dead" with this highly enjoyable, action filled rumpus, in which the undead Templar Knights return, this time to attack a small Portuguese town (and before you ask, no the title does NOT have anything to do with Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy, so don't expect Bruce Campbell to be appearing).
Starting off with a prologue, showing some thirteenth century villagers executing the evil Templar Knights, by burning out their eyes with torches, and then burning them at the stake. Fast forwarding to the present day, and the village is preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary marking the Templars execution with a huge festival, unaware that their festivities are about to receive some rather grisly gate-crashers.
As the town party gets into full swing, the skeletal Templar Knights (the Blind Dead) rise from their graves and advance on the town. The subsequent mayhem that ensues provides some of the film's more gripping moments, as the Blind Dead carve their way through the town on their zombie horses, and the lead character Jack (Tony Kendall) tries to organise the villagers to fight back, using pitchforks, blow torches and even some high power explosives.
In the end Jack and his girlfriend Vivienne, along with the town mayor and a small group of locals (including the town loony, Murdo, who seems to know more than he's letting on) are forced to hold up inside the town church. Only to face a "Night of the Living Dead" style siege against the Blind Dead, who quickly close in from all sides...
Arguably the best of DeOssorio's quartet of "Blind Dead" films, with the Templars given maximum on-screen time. If you enjoyed the original, you will also undoubtedly enjoy this. The version reviewed here is the dubbed English language version, as this was the only version available at the time, but I would recommend also watching the original Spanish language print, as it contains additional gore scenes that were removed from the English version by the Director.